For the Beauty of the Earth, 2nd edition: A Christian Vision for Creation CareFor the Beauty of the Earth, 2nd edition: A Christian Vision for Creation Care
Steven Bouma-Prediger
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Winner of the Christinaity Today 2002 Award of Merit, For the Beauty of the Earth is sure to spark constructive dialogue on theology, ecology, and contemporary culture. At a time when it seems humans have erred much in their treatment of the planet, this book explores the relationship between Christianity and the natural world in the most thorough evangelical analysis available on a theology of creation care. An esteemed scholar of ecology and theology, Steven Bouma-Prediger claims that "authentic Christian faith requires ecological obedience." This substantive yet accessible book argues that true Christianity acknowledges the responsibility and privilege Christians have been given as stewards of the earth.


God in Creation: A New Theology of Creation and the Spirit of GodGod in Creation: A New Theology of Creation and the Spirit of God
Jurgen Moltmann
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The title expresses the book's intention: not to go on distinguishing between God and the world, so as then to surrender the world, as godless, to its scientific 'disenchantment' and its technical exploitation by human beings, but instead to discover God in all the beings he has created and to find his life-giving Spirit in the community of creation that they share. This view which has also been called panentheistic (in contrast to pantheistic) requires us to bring reverence for the life of every living thing into the adoration of God. And this means expanding the worship and service of God to include service for God's creation.

Sacred Longings: The Ecological Spirit and Global CultureSacred Longings: The Ecological Spirit and Global Culture
Mary C. Grey

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What do we really want? Internationally noted theologian Mary Grey believes we have gotten out of touch with our deepest desires. Trapped by the seductions of the marketplace, addicted to more and more, our culture has acquiesced in global capitalism's most problematic characteristics, including widespread poverty and global maldistribution of resources. Grey's hopeful book argues that there is a deeper language of desire that plumbs to what humanity really wants. Emergent in story and myth and symbol, these sacred longings can be seen in the simple yet profound elements--within and beyond Christianity--or water, light, and sacred space. Getting back in touch with our sacred longings entails a spiritual quest--a kind of ecomystical renewal--that can transform our desire, enliven our communities, simplify our lifestyles, and ultimately rekindle our global prospects.

Cry of the Earth, Cry of the PoorCry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor
Phillip Berryman
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In his latest work, the noted Latin American theologian Leonardo Boff extends the intuitions of liberation theology, showing how they contribute to answering urgent questions of poverty and ecological degradation. If faith fails to appreciate the ecological paradigm, Boff argues, it only adds to the crisis and begs for reform. Focusing on the threatened Amazon of his native Brazil, Boff traces the economic and metaphysical ties that bind the fate of the rain forests with the fate of the Indians and poor of the land. He shows how liberation theology must join with ecology in reclaiming the dignity of the earth and our sense of a common community. To illustrate to possibilities, Boff turns to resources in Christian spirituality, ancient and modern, including cosmic Christology and the vision of St. Francis of Assisi.


Redeeming CreationRedeeming Creation
Fred Van Dyke, David C. Mahan, Joseph K. Sheldon, Raymond H. Brand
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This sensitive and eloquent study by four Christian biologists addresses the ecological crises we face at the turn of the millennium: population explosion, rain forests stripped bare, destruction of animal habitats, the death of entire species, depletion of the ozone layer, global warming. In the light of Scripture and the presence of God, we can face these crises with hope. More than an investigation of the environmental crisis, this book brings Scripture into fruitful dialogue with current scientific findings and commitments. What emerges is a clarion call to a biblically informed individual and corporate response to our creation.

The Care of CreationThe Care of Creation
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For the theologians and scientists who are the contributors to this book, creation care is a matter of humansurvival and a supreme test of the reality of Christian faith. Such concern is not the selfish interest of the developed North. Nor is it a minority enthusiasm peculiar to bird watchers and tree huggers. Rather, it begins from God's creation commands and Christ's reconciling work,and what should be a communion of worship between the human and natural worlds, which recognizes that scientific and political solutions alone are inadequate.

A New Climate for Theology: God, the World, and Global WarmingA New Climate for Theology: God, the World, and Global Warming
Sallie McFague

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Climate change promises monumental changes to human and other planetary life in the next generations. Yet government, business, and individuals have been largely in denial of the possibility that global warming may put our species on the road to extinction. Further, says Sallie McFague, we have failed to see the real root of our behavioral troubles in an economic model that actually reflects distorted religious views of the person. At its heart, she maintains, global warming occurs because we lack an appropriate understanding of ourselves as inextricably bound to the planet and its systems.

A New Climate for Theology not only traces the distorted notion of unlimited desire that fuels our market system; it also paints an alternative idea of what being human means and what a just and sustainable economy might mean. Convincing, specific, and wise, McFague argues for an alternative economic order and for our relational identity as part of an unfolding universe that expresses divine love and human freedom. It is a view that can inspire real change, an altered lifestyle, and a form of Christian discipleship and desire appropriate to who we really are.

A Moral Climate: The Ethics of Global WarmingA Moral Climate: The Ethics of Global Warming
Michael Northcott
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In this book Michael Northcott, a Scottish Episcopal priest, examines theological attitudes to climate change, from the complacent to the apocalyptic, and their ethical implications.

Religion and Science: Historical and Contemporary IssuesReligion and Science: Historical and Contemporary Issues
Ian Barbour

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Is the interaction between science and theology mainly characterized by conflict, or is there room for a proper synthesis? Since the enlightenment, many have felt that science either undermined the credibility of religion, or did away with the necessity of religion all together. Barbour feels that religion is still necessary, perhaps more so than ever. In Religion and Science (the revised version of Religion in an age of Science), he asserts that religion must adapt to the new ways of understanding the world achieved by science, if it is to remain relevant.

This assertion comes from his observations on five features of the so-called scientific age that we live in. The first feature, the success of the methods of science, carries with it questions about the success or reliability of religious knowledge as compared with scientific knowledge (scientific knowledge=empirical knowledge). The second feature, a new understanding of the nature of reality, seeks to compare and contrast religious accounts of human creation to scientific events like the Big Bang and the gradual process of evolution. The third, a new context for theology, focuses theology squarely on the doctrine of human nature and the doctrine of creation, with the conclusion that process theology offers the best answer to God's continual interaction with creation. Feature four is religious pluralism, with its subsequent respect for tolerance and diversity, and a distancing from absolutist or exclusive claims for any religion or tradition within a religion. The final feature is ecological, dealing with threats to the environment, and the responsibility of religions to create a sustainable environmental ethic.

Religion and Science helps to focus our attention on the real and vital questions that science is asking of religion in general, and, more specifically, Christianity. Ultimately, science and religion must work together to offer people the broadest explanation of reality possible. Barbour posits a Christian faith that responds both to its source, the Bible, and to science.

The Earth Is the Lord's The Bible, Ecology and WorshipThe Earth Is the Lord's The Bible, Ecology and Worship
Dianne Bergant, Edward Foley
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The underlying premise of this study is captured in the first verse of Psalm 24, which states that "the earth is the Lord's" and no one else's. This is a major theological tenent that undergirds the biblical tadition. Insights from contemporary science prompt us to look anew at our understanding of the natural balance within the universe and aat humankind as manifestation of life within that universe. Theology calls us to reexamine the role that worship plays in our acknowledgement of these realities. After a discussion of some scientific principles, the book examines several biblical themes in order to discover how they might help to fashion a liturgical perspective that is faithful to biblical faith and contemporary in its eco-sensitivity.

Earth Revealing-Earth Healing: Ecology and Christian TheologyEarth Revealing-Earth Healing: Ecology and Christian Theology
Dennis Edwards, editor
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The damage human beings are doing to the atmosphere, the seas, the rivers, the land, and the life-forms of the planet is extreme and deadly. It constitutes a crisis that demands all of humanity's wisdom, ingenuity, and commitment. The whole human community needs to be involved in the response to this crisis--young and old, women and men, farmers, politicians, gardeners, teachers, planners, scientists, engineers, artists, builders, cooks, and theologians. In Earth Revealing--Earth Healing, the authors attempt to make clear the way in which Christian theology opens out into a theology of Earth revealing and challenges us towards a practice of Earth healing. This book offers a rethinking of theology as a significant part of the rethinking that the human community must do in its stance toward creation. Aware that some theological attitudes have contributed to exploitative attitudes and to disregard for the good of the planet, the contributors are also convinced that the biblical and theological tradition has resources that can be retrieved and developed as an ecological theology. Such a theology can contribute to the healing of our planet.

A Sense of the Divine: The Natural Environment from a Theocentric PerspectiveA Sense of the Divine: The Natural Environment from a Theocentric Perspective
James M. Gustafson
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The natural environment from a theocentric perspective.

The Face of the Deep: A Theology of BecomingThe Face of the Deep: A Theology of Becoming
Catherine Keller

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This is a groundbreaking, highly original work of postmodern feminist theology from one of the most important authors in the field. The Face of the Deep deconstructs the Christian doctrine of creation which claims that a transcendent Lord unilaterally created the universe out of nothing. Catherine Keller's impassioned, graceful meditation develops an alternative representation of the cosmic creative process, drawing upon Hebrew myths of creation, from chaos, and engaging with the political and the mystical, the literary and the scientific, the sexual and the racial.

As a landmark work of immense significance for Jewish and Christian theology, gender studies, literature, philosophy and ecology, The Face of the Deep takes our originary story to a new horizon, rewriting the starting point for Western spiritual discourse.

Catherine Keller, Professor of Constructive Theology at Drew University, is a leading voice in contemporary constructive and feminist theology. Her books include Apocalypse Now and Then: A Feminist Guide the the End of the World and From a Broken Web: Separation, Sexism and Self.

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